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(Bldg 4700, San Luis Obispo Cuesta College Campus on Hwy 1)
PO Box 8106, San Luis Obispo, CA 93403-8106
Phone: (805) 546-3132; Fax: (805) 546-3

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Instructor Biographies

  Adney, Curtis - Curtis Adney, MS, JD, graduated at the top of his class with a 4.0 GPA, and has a Juris Doctor degree from Brigham Young University and conducts numerous career seminars across the state. He is a life coach and author or a forthcoming book: Pinpoint Your Destiny.
Aird, Jeanne - Jeanne Aird has a Masters in Art Education, has been teaching art since 1987 and has been creating surface design on fabric since 1980. Her work has been juried in Pacific International Quilt Shows among others. She currently teaches at Flamson Middle School and is an Art Mentor for Paso Robles Schools K-5.
Ballinger, Nancy - Nancy Ballinger, founder and Spiritual Director of Awakening Interfaith Spiritual Community has studied Eastern Philosophy and meditated for over 25 years. She has loved the opportunity to share meditation with hundreds of students through classes and meditation groups based in the time-tested teachings of Kriya Yoga. She has a M.A. in Psychology, and M. Div. and has been a Marriage and Family Therapist, and an adult educator through college and teacher education programs. Rev. Ballinger has worked locally with Hospice of SLO, AIDS Support Network and for the past 10 yrs. had a ministry through Awakening Interfaith Spiritual Community.
  Beck, June - June Beck MA teaches English, Group Dynamics, Literary Theory, and Creative Writing in academic settings (Cuesta Community College and Antioch University). She also writes for a variety of online sources and is in the process of publishing her first novel The Possibility of Justine. A student of yoga, meditation and Buddhist philosophy, Ms. Beck enjoys teaching what she can do but also what she longs to learn more about.


Becker, David - Dave Becker is currently an Applied Music and Audio Technology Instructor at Cuesta College and Applied Music Instructor of Saxophone at California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, CA and. He is also Director of Contemporary Music at Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church in SLO. For the past three years he has served as orchestrator for the SLO Symphony’s POPS Concerts in Avila Beach, CA. A graduate of the University of Florida in Music Education, Dave has performed with great artists including Dianne Shuur, Gordon Goodwin, Eric Marienthal, Sal Lozano, Andy Martin, Bernie Dresel, Brian Bromberg, John Alred, Bobby Shew, Pete Christlieb, Ernie Watts, Sam Rivers, Manhattan Transfer, Smokey Robinson, and The Temptations among others.
  Broida, Dave - Dave Broida, private blues instructor and musician, has taught Beginning Blues Harmonica at California Community Colleges and Parks and Recreation Departments since 2000 and has been performing professionally for more than 20 years throughout Northern California.   
  Bumpass, Kathryn - Kathryn Bumpass is a Professor Emerita of Music at California State Fresno, where she was the music department’s principal musicologist and a highly rated teacher. Upon retirement in 2004 she moved permanently to Pismo beach and now enjoys the musical scene on the central coast. A specialist in music of the Classic and Romantic eras, she has a special interest in the core operatic repertory and enjoys sharing it with students. Dr. Bumpass holds a BA degree in English, and MA and PhD degrees in historical musicology. She has published articles and presented conference papers on Beethoven’s music and his place in the Romantic pantheon of composers, Borodin’s career as scientist-composer and his Prince Igor, music in 19th century America, and Hildegard von Bingen. She was for a time program annotator for the Fresno Philharmonic and music reviewer for the Fresno Bee. Dr. Bumpass currently serves on the Board of Opera San Luis Obispo and writes a column for Opera SLO in the online magazine SLO Coast Journal.
Carro, Joseph - Joseph Carro has an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University. He has taught multiple subjects, including accounting, Quickbooks, Italian, Spanish, computer usage, Microsoft Word, and income tax preparation. He has been in the teaching field since 1979 and has taught at Cuesta College since 1998.
Case Bennett, Phyllis - Phyllis Case Bennett has been a popular teacher of Chinese Brush Painting and Western Watercolor for over 30 years with over 25 years here on the Central Coast. She is associated with the China Art Academy, Hangzhou, China where she has studied annually for many years.
Cohen, Cafi - Cafi Cohen is a Professional Genealogy Researcher. She chairs the bi-annual seminar for the San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society and co-owns and operates, a genealogical research company, Bridge to Yesterday. Since 1997 she has presented more than 100 computer genealogy classes on the central coast.
De Ham, Jarien - Jarien deHam has a BA Art Degree from UCSB, enjoys Asian philosophy, art and martial arts and has done stone sculptor since 2000. She has also studied under Cuesta Community Education instructors Phyllis Bennett (Chinese Painting) and Joy Harvey (Chinese Calligraphy) since 2000. She has many years of experience teaching locally, doing private commissions and exhibiting at craft shows. She began as a self-taught artist then learned from a professional calligrapher in Santa Barbara. She has found calligraphy has many applications even in today's computer world as people like the touch of the hand. Today she also enjoys Chinese calligraphy and studies under Joy Harvey, Cuesta Community Education Instructor.


De Neve, Michael - Text Box: Michael De Neve is a licensed general contractor for 35 years, licensed real estate broker for 10 years, has previous planning and building department employment and experience in numerous public areas (SLO City Planning Commission, County land use Committee, and Housing Task Force.)  Michael has also worked as a state code inspector and has qualified as an expert witness in construction defect lawsuits.  

Dinunzio, Charlotte Rushton - Charlotte Rushton Dinunzio has worked as a photojournalist at newspapers across the US, UK and Costa Rica. She now runs a successful photography business in Los Osos. Charlotte offers not only a wealth of experience, but also enormous enthusiasm for this subject.
Doe, Kris - Kris Doe is a graduate of Art Center College of Design where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration. With over twelve years experience teaching at college level, he understands well the challenges students face at the beginning level and creates a comfortable learning environment that encourages student's personal creativity while learning the basics. He was born into the burgeoning Pop Culture of 1960’s Southern California where he grew up across the street from the studios of early AM radio giant KRLA. Kris spent many of his formative years over at the station pestering early radio legends such as Kasey Kasem, Bob Eubanks and Dave Hull, questioning them constantly about all the upcoming bands and riding the wave of the British Invasion that was hitting our shores during that exciting time. Kris has made a lifetime endeavor of tracing the history of these bands and their development over the decades to follow, giving him a unique perspective of the music that drives our youth and culture of today.
  Forbes, Melinda - Melinda Forbes has a B.S. in Crops Science, MS International Agriculture, spent 2 years in Costa Rica involved in Small Farmer Cropping Systems Research, and over 30 years teaching experience in gardening, herbal studies, cooking, and art classes. She is a lifelong gardener, lived on 1.5 acres of land since the mid 1980s and her garden was included in the San Luis Obispo Botanical Society’s annual garden tour fundraiser, focusing on North County gardens. Also, she has been sewing and recycling all her life (almost). She is the co-creator of Wardrobe Revamp, a fundraiser for the SLO County Arts Council and creator/curator/artist participant of ‘The White Gowns – a pastiche of pale altered apparel’, an art show featured at the SLO Museum of Art. Her work is elegant, fun, funky, and a show of her commitment to efficient use of all the resources we already have available to us.
  Harrison, Linda - Linda Harrison is an Art teacher and working artist, who moved to the Central Coast, from Nevada. Ms. Harrison has been making Mandalas for over 20 years, and was fortunate to study Mandalas, in depth, with Judith Cornell. Linda is very interested in Art forms that reflect a culture's spiritual and devotional expression. She finds the universality of the Mandala fascinating. Symbolism, color relationships, dream images and individual intuition, are all elements to be explored and expressed in creating Mandalas.
Harvey, Joy - Joy Harvey has studied the history and philosophy of Chinese Brush Painting and Calligraphy for over 30 years. To further her expertise, she has completed 13 certificated courses at the China Art Academy in Hangzhou, PRC. Joy loves to explore Chinese Calligraphy for its dynamic and creative expression. She has shown her work internationally, winning awards and distinctions.
  Hutchinson, Marlene - Marlene Hutchinson has over 35 years of musical experience in the areas of guitar, piano, clarinet, vocal and dance. Marlene teaches guitar lessons privately in Orange County, California, guitar workshops in the western United States, performs both as a solo artist and with bands and has taught Elementary students. In 2003, Marlene developed a simple method of learning to play guitar for students of all ages. She wrote “The Beginning Guitar Book” and the “Learn to Play Guitar in a Day!” book and has taught this method to hundreds of students both privately and in groups.  In 2009 she expanded this method to include a workshop for busy adults, “Learn to Play Guitar in a Day!”  It is being taught in cities and colleges in California, Washington, Colorado and Hawaii.
  Johnson, Bill - William Johnson has been Professor of Music at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California USA since 1966. He is presently coordinator of instrumental music and conducts the university Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. In great demand as a consultant, Professor Johnson has been a guest conductor, lecturer and clinician throughout the United States, Japan, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Israel, Korea and Singapore. For two years, 1993-1995, Johnson served as the President of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) and secretary of that association from 1987 to 1991. He was the Executive Director for the International Conference for Conductors, Composers and Publishers held in Manchester, England in 1981, an event that resulted in the formation of WASBE. He was the Conference Chairman for the 9th WASBE Conference held in San Luis Obispo, California, July 5-11, 1999. He is currently the Chairperson of the WASBE Foundation. Johnson is a founding member and Musical Director of the San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra, an organization of 48 wind and percussion players that specializes in the performance of the finest in wind band literature. The San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra was formed in 1999 and consists of both professional and amateur musicians in the California Central Coast area of California. He has been a member of the San Luis Obispo Rotary Club since 1969.
  Kincaid, Craig - Biography coming soon!
Krull, Joy - Joy Krull is a working professional artist who has been teaching art since 1980. She is experienced in all mediums, including oil/acrylic, watercolor, pastel, drawing and mixed media. She taught at Saddleback College, Coastline College and Tustin and Saddleback Adult Education before coming to Cuesta College in 2000.
Krusemark, LeeAnne - LeeAnne Krusemark is a journalist, book author and has owned an award-winning, home-based public relations business for more than 15 years. She also facilitates more than 100 educational workshops each year nationwide.
Laing, Josephine - Josephine Laing earned a Bachelor of Science degree with high honors in Horticulture in1981. As a lifelong gardener and herbologist, she makes many of her own herbal medicines and is actively involved in community based, neighborhood urban organic gardening projects. Using her well developed techniques, Ms. Laing has taught students both privately and in workshops how to develop their psychic abilities and how to communicate with nature for over fifteen years. During her long career as a medical intuitive and using her vast body of holistic knowledge she has helped hundreds of people find relief from hard to diagnose chronic health issues. Ms. Laing brings a unique opportunity to students of the central coast wishing to explore nature mystism, pyschic ability, communicating with nature along with plant problem solving, herbology, and holistic healing.
Le Brane, Larry - Larry Le Brane, a mixed-media glass artist, has been a fine art instructor at California’s Community Colleges for over 3 decades, designing & teaching diverse art workshops & classes. He creates diverse artwork combining fused glass with recycled and found objects. His work is exhibited at several Central Coast galleries and at

Leitch, Frances - Frances Leitch has a BA in English Literature with a writing emphasis. She wrote for Vocational Biographies for 15 years and has done newspaper and feature magazine articles for schools. Frances has written advertising and public relations, written and published poetry, and has novelist techniques experience.
  Martin, Jennifer - Jennifer Martin joined the Music Faculty of Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA in the summer of 2004 as the conductor of the Cuesta Wind Ensemble and instructor of Music Theory. At Cuesta, she also coordinates the department's Applied Music and Chamber Music programs, and teaches the new class guitar program.  In the summer of 2008, she became Chair of the Performing Arts Division. This past year, Ms. Martin also was appointed the Interim Coordinator of the new Cultural and Performing Arts Center at Cuesta. Previous to her appointment at Cuesta, she was the Music Department Chair and conductor of the Reno Winds and the Truckee Meadows Community Orchestra at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, NV, where she was the founding faculty of the Music Department and created the entire program “from scratch”.  She has also taught and conducted at Whitworth College in Spokane, WA, and Warner Pacific College in Portland, OR. Ms. Martin holds the B.A. degree in Music Education from California State University, Fullerton, and the M.M. degree in Conducting from the University of Redlands. Ms. Martin has conducted or guest conducted many ensembles including the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Nevada Opera, the High Desert Symphony, the San Diego Youth Symphony, the Spokane Youth Orchestra, the Antelope Valley Symphony, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Band, and high school bands, orchestras, and honor groups in California, Oregon, Washington, and Nevada.  She has won an audition to conduct the San Francisco Youth Symphony as part of a juried workshop given by the American Symphony Orchestra League, and was invited by the CBDNA Board to participate in “A Think Tank for a New Generation” at the University of Texas.
  McDowell, Siobhan - Siobhan McDowell is a lifelong avid animal lover who graduated from Cal Poly State University, SLO with a B.S. in Animal Science, in 2002. She started working as a veterinary assistant promptly after graduating and became a licensed Registered Veterinary Technician in 2003. In a clinical setting she has developed a passion for veterinary dentistry, animal behavior and nutrition, and client education and her experiences have covered a wide array of species from cattle and horses to birds and ferrets. Siobhan loves helping animals and has found that the best way to do that is to educate the people who love animals too and hopes that the Veterinary Assisting Program will improve the lives of local pets and their owners.

Miller, Nancy - Nancy Miller of Rounds, Miller and Associates, has owned and operated several successful home-based businesses, including professional organization services, public speaking, a mail order company and a micro-publishing company. She gives more than 150 presentations each year and has helped hundreds of people launch successful businesses operated from their home as well as training thousands of inventors how to safely and successfully market their innovations. As a professional organizer for more than 15 years, she offers both personal and business consultation services.

  Peavyhouse, Thomas - Thomas Peavyhouse has been employed in the financial community for over 20 years. He has represented financial institutions at various companies including Microsoft and Apple. He currently has held Real Estate, Insurance and Securities licenses. He is a commissioned California Notary Public with an added certification in loan signing as an instructor.
  Rounds, Mike - Mike Rounds of Rounds, Miller and Associates, has been a full-time speaker/trainer/consultant for over 30 years. He has delivered over 4,300 paid presentations including four years as a lead trainer for CareerTrack™ seminars and six years as a trainer for the Learning Annex®. He has more than 200 published works and his books are sold by major distributors, including Barnes and Noble, and Baker and Taylor. His students have published more than 2,400 products and thousands of web sites. He is the creator of the “… for the Clueless®” series of books and always takes complex business and technological topics and makes them understandable to the non-tech savvy.
Sheridan, Rick - Rick Sheridan teaches full-time at Wilberforce University in Ohio, and also teaches online courses through the College of Marin and Santa Rosa Community Colleges. He has taught for Cuesta Community Programs since 2005.
  Spiers, John - John Wiley Spiers is an importer by profession, and an adjunct noncredit lecturer at over forty colleges in the US and Canada. His book on importing has 37 five star ratings out of 43 on where it has been sold continuously since 2001. His name comes up first in google searches, all a result of teaching. John runs his small import business out of Seattle, and teaches as an avocation. Previously, this course was only available to working teachers and now it is open to everyone.
  Tarantino, Cassandra - Cassandra Tarantino has her Bachelors degree in Church Music emphasizing Choral Conducting and Performance Flute and English Literature. After receiving her Masters of Music Degree in Flute Performance from California State University, Northridge, she began teaching and performing vocal and instrumental music with her main focus to establish choral and instrumental music programs. She has participated in prestigious music festivals in throughout United State, Wales, and Switzerland and has also done a 6-month sabbatical in Northern Ireland to study music and the Irish-Celtic Language.
  Thoene, Luke - Coming...
Voices for All - The Voices for All Voice Coach/Producer/Instructors are known for their fun and informative presenting methods. Our Coaches have many years experience in the Voiceover Industry, and are masters at teaching all of the information pertinent to making it in Voice Acting. Whether it be speaking, presenting, writing, producing, or announcing, Voices For All has it covered. With hundreds of Regional & National Commercials, and Public Service Announcements under their belts, our instructors not only deliver the highest quality education and coaching to their students, but their unique enthusiasm and expertise bring an element of fun and excitement to the classroom as well.
  Volpa, Shawna - Shawna Volpa graduated with honors from Cal Poly majoring in Liberal studies with a Degree in Theatre Arts. She has been in several major productions and was a member of the Cal Poly’s improvisation team Smile and Nod for over three years. As a team they performed all over the Central Coast as well as participated in the month long Fringe Festival in Scotland. She has taught several improv classes to the Middle School students in Paso Robles (both Flamson and Lewis) and currently to Santa Lucia Middle School of Cambria. She has also taught several adult workshops focusing on teamwork and confidence for the YMCA of San Luis Obispo. Most recently she has instructed improv classes for both adult and young people at the Morro Bay Recreation and Parks Department. Shawna has a passion for improv and enjoys sharing the endless benefits of  joy and LAUGHTER!                   
  Williams, Ronald - Ronald Williams has had an auto dealer license since 2006, has been a pre-licensing and continuing education provider with the DMV Occupational Licensing Program since 2007 and owns and operates a California auto dealership while attending law school to specialize in auto dealer consulting.
Yamaguchi, Lorraine - Lorraine Yamaguchi a designer and artist of one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. She enjoys working in different media. Lorraine has been teaching workshops since 1993 at various bead stores, Irvine Valley College, Mira Costa College, Orange Coast College and has guest taught at Pasadena City College, all in California. The classes she offers are Wire Wrapping, Glass Fusing and Glass Beadmaking. She has a BA in Art from California State University, Long Beach with a minor in Industrial Arts. She continues to participate in major art and craft shows throughout California.
  Zanoli, Helen Helen Zanoli graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in Industrial Arts. She has been a small business owner for over 25 years, specializing in interior plant design and the design and construction of garden furniture. Helen has been employed at Cuesta College for the last four years as a woodworking instructor.  She also teaches woodworking to students involved in 4H.

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